Egypt: When Religion Sleeps With Politics

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia attacks Pope Shenouda III in one of her recent posts here, for his Easter speech this year.

Still I feel so sad and angry from what the Pope Shounda said and did this Easter from praying for Mubarak to have longer life !! and warning his people from listening to those vandals over the Internet who will be sent to hell !!??

She continues:

For the Muslims this is something usual ,I know from long time that the speeches of the Emam in the Mosque in our neighbourhood are approved by the security , so I do not care much for what they said , not to mention that the religious men in Islam do not have this holy status of the religious men in Christianity.
But for someone like Pope Shounda in his position comes and says these nonsense about those facebookers who will be roasted in hell , then we need a stand here.

She ends her post with:

There is no excuse for the Pope or the for Sheikh of Al-Azhar in fact I will dare and say that they should fear the Lord not the President

Cyberactivism, blogging and the use of Facebook has recently come under the scrutiny of Egyptian officials, following claims that a nation-wide strike on April 6, which culminated with the Mahalla workers revolt. Several bloggers as well as the founder of a Facebook group named April 6 were among hundreds of activists, politicians and passer-bys detained by the authorities on the day and the days which followed. That said, the fact remains that it wasn't the Facebook group which has led to the strike and workers calling for higher wages and better salaries to meet increasing living expenses.


  • beautiful post. Zanobia is one of my favorite bloggers. her balanced politics is an inspiration indeed.

  • Thank you so much Tarek for featuring me here and thank you so much Razan your nice words

  • Great post- Moroccan author/sociologist Fatima Mernissi is studying how the internet and interactive platforms like facebook (and maybe even GV?!) are changing the outlook of the “Arab Youth”…much to the chagrin of these countries’ leaders, now apparently including religious ones!

    Thanks for sharing Zenobia’s post, I enjoyed it!

  • You’re welcome Lydia, thanks for commenting.

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